Good Friday Agreement must be protected in full to avoid hard border - Mary Lou McDonald TD
Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has said that while the chaos in Westminster is ongoing amid the Brexit process, the rights of citizens’ in the North must be protected alongside the Good Friday Agreement.
Speaking ahead of a meeting of the party’s Ard Chomhairle in Dublin today, Deputy McDonald said;
“From the beginning of this whole Brexit escapade we have made it clear that the view and democratic mandate of the people of the North of Ireland must be respected.
“That mandate is to remain within the European Union. We have also consistently argued that the commitments entered into to protect the Good Friday Agreement must be respected to avoid any hardening of the border to ensure no loss of citizens’ rights. Those commitments must be honoured in full.
“We are of course very conscious of the fact that right across Ireland business, agriculture, community groups and workers are now anxious to know what form Brexit will take, what is the end game in all of this.
“We look across the water with some despair at the chaos at Westminster. The talks between the Tory Government and opposition seem to be stalled, although still not yet complete so it still remains a time of great uncertainty.
“One of the uncertainties is around the issue of whether or not there will be European elections in the North.
“We will be discussing that at our Ard Chomhairle today, and we will be ensuring that we are prepared.
“Having met with Michel Barnier, we will be meeting Jeremy Corbyn on Monday.
“Our aim is to protect Irish interests and to ensure that Ireland will not be altered or damaged in a Tory Brexit.”